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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku
Sendai
# 22   of 178 destinations
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With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai (仙台) is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region and one of the country's 15 largest cities. The modern city of Sendai was founded around 1600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan's most powerful lords. Many of Sendai's tourist attractions are related to Masamune and his family.

Sendai was the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake of March 11, 2011. The tsunami devastated the city's coastal outskirts but did not cause major damage in the city center. Virtually all tourist spots reopened within a few months of the earthquake.

Less than an hour northeast of the city center lies the town of Matsushima, whose bay is dotted by pine clad islets and is known for one of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Attractions
Central Sendai
 1  Zuihoden Mausoleum
Mausoleum of Date Masamune and his family.
User rating: 78/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 123 users
 2  Rinnoji Temple
Date family temple with outstanding garden.
User rating: 75/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 110 users
 3  Aoba Castle
Ruins of the former castle of the Date clan.
User rating: 72/100 (145 votes)
Visited by: 324 users
 4  Sendai Downtown
About attractions in the downtown area.
User rating: 72/100 (252 votes)
Visited by: 547 users
 5  Osaki Hachimangu
Beautiful family shrine of the Date clan.
User rating: 71/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 108 users
 
Local Specialties and Events
 1  Gyutan (Beef Tongue)
Most famous dish of Sendai.
User rating: 84/100 (181 votes)
Visited by: 390 users
 2  Tanabata Matsuri
Summer festival with elaborate decorations.
User rating: 77/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 134 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Sendai Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Sendai .
Side Trips from Sendai
 1  Yamadera
Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
User rating: 90/100 (88 votes)
Visited by: 173 users
 2  Matsushima
Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
User rating: 82/100 (287 votes)
Visited by: 633 users
 

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User Rating (by 513 users):
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English Links
Sendai City
Official English website.
Nagomi Visit
Offering hands-on experiences for tourists, such as home visits and cooking lessons.

Japanese Links
Sendai City
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